April Wrap Up 2019

Oh what a month.

I was in a bad reading slump. No idea why. I did finished two out of the three books from my April TBR but the third one was just tough. I think I just wasn’t in the mood for that particular story and because I’m so bad at DNFing or even just pausing books, it took me a while to get on with my April TBR.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette (by Maria Semple)

My Goodreads rating: 2.25 out of 5

I was really excited to read this book but it left me a bit disappointed. The pacing was one of the biggest issues for me. However, I don’t hate it. This just might be the wrong medium for this story.

My full review: here

Brief Answers to the Big Questions (by Stephen Hawking)

My Goodreads rating: 5 out of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Maybe even more than I thought I would. I love learning new things and broadening my horizon, which I definitely did with this book, but I did not count on Hawking’s dry wit and sense of humour to shine through like they did. I would recommend this book to anyone, and I am sure you will take away much more from it than you expect. Even if you aren’t scientist.

I don’t think I will be writing a full review as I view this short paragraph as enough. I highly recommend this book. (If you’d like to read a longer review anyway, I wholeheartedly agree with this one here.)

I don’t know when I will continue The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (by Stuart Turton), maybe this month, maybe next. I am still writing a May TBR, but I’m giving myself some freedom with that book.

What books did you read this month? Have you read any of these?

7 thoughts on “April Wrap Up 2019

  1. I was slightly overwhelmed with Hawking’s A Brief History of Time (though I enjoyed it very much) because I’m not a scientist/haven’t studied much science at all.
    Would you still recommend this one, in that case, or do you think it may be a bit hard for me to enjoy it?

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    1. Unfortunately I haven’t read A Brief History of Time yet, but in this one he uses metaphors from time to time which help understand too complicated concepts.
      Of course, sometimes it is just science but you learn so much, even besides the science. Four of the answers he gives to the ten questions he’s asked in this book are not solely rooted in his science, he speculates. And you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing. It’s like a progressive discussion.
      (The difficulty/degree of how complicated it is depends on the “chapter/question” you’re reading, in my opinion. I found ‘Will we survive on Earth?’ or ‘How do we shape the future?’ easier to read than ‘What is inside a black hole?’ or ‘Can we predict the future?’)
      I’m not a scientist either but I thoroughly enjoyed this. If you don’t mind being challenged a bit, I would recommend it. I don’t think this was written for scientists only.

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